Ray Mcgrath

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A Royal Navy helicopter hovering over the stricken yacht Camargue, ready to winch up the last of eight crew members in the wake of the Fastnet race disaster. File  photograph: PA/PA Wire

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Fastnet Race disaster in August 1979, when a severe storm caused the deaths of 15 of the competing yachtsmen and (...)

A winchman works to retrieve a victim during the 1979   Fastnet Race. File photograph: Keystone/Getty

The Fastnet sailing race disaster, which cost 19 lives, is unlikely to occur again in the modern era, analysis of weather data from 1979 reveals. The(...)

 The memorials for the SS Formby (right) and SS Coningbeg in Waterford. Photograph: Google Street View

The centenary of the sinking of two merchant ships by a German submarine during the first World War, which left 83 people dead, is to be commemorated (...)

Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

In 1994, a young Dublin photographer hopped on his bike and headed for Tallaght in search of a story. Marc O’Sullivan was working for The Big Issue ma(...)

Met Éireann has said we could experience wetter winters in the future.  Photograph: PA

We could be experiencing drier summers and wetter winters in the future, Ray McGrath, Met Éireann’s head of research and applications, told a Teagasc (...)